o.k., let's keep this going for a bit... I really find the responses interesting...
About the Pah-wraith thing, my problem is that it was just one step too far.
Presenting the characters as some kind of Christ and Anti-Christ was simply where it got laughable.
It's obvious from the first meeting that these two are going to be the main opponents: they're both powerful, both dominant personalities, and both men who don't take well to being personally challenged. What makes their antagonistic relationship compelling is that, while larger than life, they're still men
Turning them into some kind of avatars, guided/possessed by outside entities, robs them of their identity, because in a sense it's now those entities fighting through them
. It turns archetype into stereotype.